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Comment Re:This is why we can't have nice things (Score 1) 348

The concept behind the H1-B program sounds reasonable. Bring in highly skilled experts from overseas that we can't find here.

There's nothing whatsoever reasonable about the idea that with a population this large and (some of) the best universities in the world, that we somehow can't find -- or make -- plenty of "highly skilled experts" right here.

In other words, I agree with your conclusion, but your premise gave the government way more credit than it deserves.

Comment Re:My experience with Infosys (Score 2) 348

It may also have hindered them to get the Infosys contract in many ways; it's hard to justify to upper management that you need more money for a contract when you paid so little in the past for the same contract from a different vendor.

That's the thing, they didn't pay for the "same contract," they paid for shit that failed to deliver. Of course, I can see how it could be hard to admit to upper management that your dumb ass got swindled...

Comment Re:Ethics (Score 1) 348

There is no good solution except allowing wages to equalize and removing some of the barriers to capitalism which prevent us from buying products which are sold overseas much less expensively than locally. For example movies are about 1/10th the price, blood pressure medicine is about 1% the price, etc. Some can't be fixed-- housekeeping and lawn staff is about 3% of the price.

For that to be a "good solution," developing-world labor protections and environmental standards have to come up to meet ours. Otherwise, it's a race to the bottom and we only fuck ourselves over.

Comment Re:Identity Theft (Score 4, Insightful) 161

My recommendation if you are one of the 15 million people is to freeze your credit.

You know the best part? The best part is that in order to do that, you get to PAY A FEE TO THE SAME GODDAMN FUCKERS WHO LOST THE INFORMATION IN THE FIRST PLACE!

  1. Step 1: Collect everyone's personal information
  2. Step 2: Lose said information, forcing the victims to freeze their credit
  3. Step 3: Charge the victims $5-10 each to do that freeze, and another $5-10 each time each victim needs to thaw or re-freeze it, forever
  4. Step 4: profit, over and over again!

(There is no "..." step; this is actually Experian's business plan!)

Comment Re:Thaty's the wat to do it ... (Score 2) 256

No, seriously -- I went to the McDonalds in Rome near the Spanish Steps once (note: I was just curious about it; I did NOT eat at McDonalds more than once during my trip). Although it did have burgers and fries, it also had a bunch of healthier stuff, and even a pretty nice salad bar. (And then it also had a gelateria out front to even it out...)

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye